P Diddy is urging young people to simply “Go vote”.
The hip-hop star, who launched the Citizen Change organisation in 2004 to raise youth awareness about the importance of voting, is speaking out again in time for the ‘Super Tuesday’ presidential primaries today (February 5).
“If we want to stop the war, if we want to get the economy better, I think that young people need to understand they have to take matters into their own hands,” Diddy told the Associated Press.
Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, refuses to endorse any particular candidate, saying, “I didn’t really want to get in the political game but I wanted to see young people become empowered. That’s where my attention is at.”
Diddy acknowledges that November’s US presidential election that sees presidential hopeful Barack Obama vying for the Democratic nomination along with Hillary Clinton, will go down in history.
“To have an African-American man and a woman in, it’s going to go down in history as the most historical election,” he said. “And I think that young people will have a hand in the result.”
–By our Los Angeles staff.
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